Thief uses tow truck to steal SUV from River Oaks neighborhood
HOUSTON – Surveillance video shows a white Escalade being towed out of a River Oaks neighborhood early Wednesday morning, but the man driving the tow truck was actually a thief.
The Escalade was his latest heist.
"It kind of was the perfect crime, who is going to question a tow truck taking a car?" Jen Meneely said.
The Escalade belonged to Meneely.
Meneely said she woke up about an hour after her SUV was stolen and saw notifications on her phone from On-Star, saying that the vehicle's theft deterrent system had been triggered.
By the time she called them back, the thieves had disabled the electrical system, so the vehicle couldn't be tracked.
"I was shocked, it was a brand new car. I thought it had a lot of theft deterrent stuff and On-Star, and I thought I was golden, but apparently not," she said. "How do you prevent your car from being towed by a tow truck? He probably took it within a few seconds. Get a job. Be a productive citizen in society, don't take things from hard-working people."
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